What happened to June? AND July?!?!? Home remodel…County Fair Food Booth, TMC, Altering Band Uniforms… I’ll share more later.
As the Naked Ladies begin appearing around home…
I know that means school is just around the corner. Yesterday was my first day actually in my classroom to work. Basically, dusting things off, cleaning tables & chairs and sweeping up. Our custodial staff are the best – such hard workers and I am always amazed at the face-lift they give our rooms, hallways, school over the summer.
Assigning Random Seating
After reading @druinok’s post this morning, I wondered – what will I write about for August 1? Then I came across Allison’s post about how TMC makes attempts to welcome newbies. Ah yeah. That text reminder I sent to myself last spring…
And look, it is scheduled to arrive TODAY at 5:35 pm. Coincidence? I don’t think so.
After listening to my own child and even my own experiences as I walk into trainings/PD, even faculty meetings (where I KNOW most everyone) – there is a stress of where to sit and who to sit with. I cannot imagine being a teenager…entering the dreaded algebra classroom.
I do random grouping, usually on a weekly basis. (However, after Mary & Sheri’s morning session at TMC, I am considering it more often. Will blog about that later.) But often on the first few days, I allow students to sit where ever. They can find a friend. Be in a comfort zone. Right? Wrong.
I observed my students – if they sat with this group, then they would look like they were leaving someone else out. What if I have to sit with someone “who doesn’t like me”? They seriously pondered where to choose. There are two sides to this coin, but I will attempt to remove at least one stress from their day and randomly seat students as they enter my classroom the first few days of school – by color / mathematician table. You can see how I label my tables – here. Though I am attempting to find a new arrangement to allow for larger class numbers in one block this fall and will need to add a new table/mathematician.
The other thing that Allison mentioned was the “Pac-Man Rule” suggested during TMC.
When gathered in a group, ALWAYS leave an open space to welcome others into the conversation. I am definitely going to encourage this with a small poster reminder in my classroom.
My Daily Choice
And lastly, I saw this hamper from Natural Life and think I want to paint/watercolor something similar for my desk. To remind myself – its my choice. I get to set the tone. I want a safe spot for my students. I want them to feel valued, protected, sufficient, cared-for. I can choose to offer a smile and welcome my students… so that they too may just be happy, even if only for a moment while in room 148.